OPS Revamp Delayed
- Mayor Daley's plan to reform an Office of Professional Standards perceived as too cozy with the Chicago Police Department and too protective of rogue officers hit a roadblock today.
Four aldermen -- Bob Fioretti (2nd), Pat Dowell (3rd), Howard Brookins (21st) and Joe Moore (49th) -- used a parliamentary maneuver to delay consideration of the ordinance even after Daley bent over backward to appease his critics.
- They argued that the mayor's ordinance ignores the problem of police coercion of defendants and witnesses, and is undermined by a police contract tailor-made to shield abusive officers.
Here's the BIG stumbling block:
- But activists have complained the ordinance does not go far enough, saying it favors officers who are accused of misconduct. At a hearing Monday, Locke Bowman, legal director of the MacArthur Justice Center, said unfounded allegations against officers cannot be used in subsequent proceedings -- a provision he said that ignores an officer's history, including that he or she might have been the subject of dozens of prior complaints.
You haven't, because its prejudicial to the defendant's right to a fair trail. Yet, the "activists" and other liberal asses expect to deny the police that exact same right to a fair and unbiased trial, hearing or whatever. This OPS revamp had better be run through the legal wringer before the City and the "reverends" attempt to circumvent the labor agreement.
NOTE: Yes, we discovered that the bottom paragraphs of this post had somehow been cut off - that has been corrected.
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